Calling last orders on glass
Customers at three of Witney’s most popular venues will no longer have to worry about a glass being used as a weapon against them and ruining their lives as well as their night out.
Izi’s, the Palace and Norton’s have all voluntarily made the switch to using polycarbonate glasses rather than the real thing.
Unlike traditional flimsy plastic glasses, polycarbonates are virtually unbreakable, do not fragment like glass and in the long-term are more cost effective. They are even recyclable and designed to recycle at a much lower temperature than most other plastics and so have a lesser environmental impact.
All three establishments are signed up to Nightsafe, a local pub watch scheme in Oxfordshire that aims to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder.
Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Communities at West Oxfordshire District Council said: “There have been a few incidents in Witney town centre where glasses and bottles have been used as weapons so the move over to polycarbonates is great news especially as it isn’t a condition of the licenses in West Oxfordshire. We hope other licensees in our district are encouraged to follow suit as it improves health and safety not only for customers but also staff.”
Thames Valley Police’s licensing officer for Oxfordshire, Tony Cope, said: “This voluntary decision by the licensees at Izi’s, the Palace and Norton’s shows they are taking responsibility for their customers and that they are ahead of the game.
“We have the power to force licensed premises to use polycarbonates and have done so elsewhere in the county. But we really want to work in partnership with licensees to make this change and this move means Witney is leading the way.”
Over 60 licensed premises in West Oxfordshire are signed up to Nightsafe. They each agree a charter which includes managing drinks promotions responsibly and ensuring that bar staff are trained on dealing with alcohol misuse.
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